As reported by Sky Sports, Former Real Madrid and Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho has been convicted of tax fraud. The 39-year-old defender was accused of defrauding Spanish tax authorities during his time at Real Madrid.
The player was given a fine of £128k by a Spanish court.
The former Portuguese international was guilty of concealing income in 2011 and 2012. This was during his Real Madrid days where he played for 3 years.
Reports claim he evaded tax in the region of £490k. According to Spanish criminal law, sentences under 2 years for first time offender mean that the individual doesn’t actually have to spend time behind bars.
The Portuguese defender will not have to leave China where he is currently playing to serve his prison time in Spain.
Reduced sentence for Carvalho
Carvalho has pleaded guilty to the said charges and have completely returned the full amount.
The sentence was minimized from 12 months in prison and £270k fine, the court revealed the statement.
Other big names have also been accused of tax fraud in Spain but are yet to be convicted. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho have all been accused of tax fraud by Spanish authorities.